Thumbs up: +10
Quite a polarizing year, this one. On one hand, some releases redefined crap itself. On the other hand, we've got quite a few great and awesome albums. All in all, it was a bit disappointing for me, but I won't complain much indeed (unless I compare it with 2007 of course)...

1 to 5: Cream of the crop, by preference order.
6 to 30: great stuff, too, in alphabetical order. Couldn't go down to 25, so 28 we have...

Created by: Darkside Momo | 13.05.2011



1. Lazuli - (4603 Battements)
Dark, sad but so appealing and original prog with some fantastic lyrics...
2. Thy Catafalque - Rengeteg
Beautiful, soulful avantgarde stuff. Then you listen to it again, and discover whole new layers of awesomeness.
3. Devin Townsend - Deconstruction
Redefing 'over-the-top'.
4. Terra Tenebrosa - The Tunnels
That one will teach you claustrophobia for sure.
5. Unexpect - Fables Of The Sleepless Empire
A crazy, relentless assault that'll kick you off your chair by cheer inventivity.
6. Ava Inferi - Onyx
A really dark mood, beckoing you to come closer with eerie and exceptional female vocals...
7. Benighted - Asylum Cave
A blast live, a blast on CD. What's more to ask?
8. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - Sect(s)
Industrial Black with their unique sound, oppressive yet... somewhat cosy.
9. Blut Aus Nord - 777 - The Desanctification
Industrial Black with their unique sound, oppressive yet... somewhat cosy. Part II
10. Esoteric - Paragon Of Dissonance
This is not a Maniacal Vale II. It's different (guitar solos !!!) yet unmistakably Esoteric.
11. Fair To Midland - Arrows & Anchors
Darkly whimsical prog, and so uplifting it should be prescribed against depression.
12. Fleshgod Apocalypse - Agony
This time, they successed to mix classical music and brutal death. To great effect!
13. Flourishing - The Sum Of All Fossils
Forget Ulcerate, this is the real shit. And it gets better with every listen.
14. Iperyt - No State Of Grace
They hate people, and it shows.
15. Kartikeya - Mahayuga
Catchy death with some melodies and clean singing. But the best is the Indian spice.
16. KMFDM - WTF?!
Back in shape, they are! Catchy, ironic, danceable (or not), that's KMFDM for you.
17. Leprous - Bilateral
A nice proggy surprise. And they kick major ass live.
18. Myrath - Tales Of The Sands
Oriental power/prog from Tunisia. Talented.
19. N.K.V.D. - Vlast
Another industrial black album. Yup. Totalitarian oppression never sounded so good.
20. Pagan's Mind - Heavenly Ecstasy
What? Power metal that is at the same time not chessy and uplifting? Impressive.
21. Rhapsody Of Fire - From Chaos To Eternity
Now there's cheese. But I always had a soft spot for these Italians. Plus, this is easily their most varied album ever.
22. Septicflesh - The Great Mass
These guys outdo themselves each time.
23. Smohalla - Resilience
Weird, weird, weird. Starting on BM roots, it then expands... elsewhere.
24. Symphony X - Iconoclast
Continuing their evolution towards a thrashier sound, with extra catchiness included.
25. Textures - Dualism
Another textured goodness, more melodic than usual this time.
26. The Project Hate MCMXCIX - Bleeding The New Apocalypse (Cum Victriciis In Manibus Armis)
I still have difficulties with Ruby's voice, but damn those riffs!
27. Vildhjarta - Måsstaden
Djent, as they call it. OK, but of the best variety. Unpredictable.
28. Xerath - II
Djent, as they call it. OK, but of the best variety. Quite symphonic, with a cinematic feel.



Disclaimer: All top lists are unofficial and do not represent the point of view of the MS Staff.
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!J.O.O.E.! - 18.08.2011 at 20:27  
That Iperyt record sounds nasty! Me like.
Darkside Momo - 18.08.2011 at 22:05  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 18.08.2011 at 20:27

That Iperyt record sounds nasty! Me like.

Actually you should thank Promonex for that one

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